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A C-17 Globemaster III taxis back to the flightline at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa., July 28, 2020. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Former Secretary Wilson's Official Portrait Unveiling

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson unveil Wilson’s official portrait during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., July 28, 2020. Wilson served as secretary from May 16, 2017, to May 31, 2019, during a time of transition for the Air Force in which the service moved from an era defined by combating terrorism to confronting emerging powers such as Russia and China. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Keesler BMT Graduation

Graduating Airmen take the oath of enlistment inside the Welch Theater during a basic military training graduation ceremony at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., July 24, 2020. Nearly 60 Airmen from the 37th Training Wing Detachment 5 completed the six-week BMT course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seth Haddix)

Defenders maintain readiness with new M18 pistol

Airmen from the 423rd Security Forces Squadron fire the M18 Sig Sauer handgun during a qualification course at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, July 28, 2020. During the course, Airmen from the 423rd SFS familiarized themselves with the M18 and learned about its various functions including ergonomics, target acquisition, reliability and durability to increase shooter lethality. The M18 will replace the M9 Beretta which has been in use for more than 30 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eugene Oliver)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels A-10 Thunderbolts.

Two U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs release countermeasure flares over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, July 23, 2020. The A-10 is a highly accurate airframe that provides U.S. and coalition forces a maneuverable close air support and precision strike platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Parsons)

48th Fighter Wing daily operations

Senior Airman Zachery Larson, a 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, conducts routine service on an F-15E Strike Eagle fuel tank at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, July 24, 2020. AMXS Airmen keep aircraft in optimal operating condition by performing scheduled maintenance and repairs and replacing parts when necessary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

379th EAMXS members prepare KC-135 Stratotanker for mission

A KC-135 Stratotanker taxis on the runway at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar after a mission, July 24, 2020. The aircraft’s primary mission is aerial refueling, but it is also capable of transporting litters and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lauren Parsons)

Wing commander renders his final salute to the Airmen

Col. Justin R. Hoffman, 58th Special Operations Wing commander, renders his final salute to Airmen of the 58th SOW during a change of command ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., July 24, 2020. Hoffman will continue his career in Washington, D.C., as director, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

378 ECES lays new water lines at Prince Sultan Air Base

Airmen from the 378th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron construct water and sewer lines at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, July 28, 2020. The new construction is one of three main lines that disperse water from a 165,000-gallon source. This new line connected a portion of the lodging tents with water and sewage systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)

31st SFS protects, secures Airmen and assets
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Airman 1st Class Aaron Chung, 31st Security Forces Squadron security response team member, sits in the turret of a Humvee with an M240 Bravo at Aviano Air Base, Italy, July 29, 2020. Chung provided security protection during a quarterly exercise. Security forces personnel are the Air Force's first line of defense, maintaining the rule of law on all Air Force bases and installations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

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This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.